Royal Enfield 650cc Super Meteor cruiser motorcycle spied again

Since Royal Enfield launched the 650cc Interceptor and Continental GT650 twins in 2019, the bike maker has been making waves in the Indian market. Royal Enfield’s next big launch this year is the Hunter 350, an entry-level model. Soon, the Hunter will follow the Super Meteor 650 cruiser, which takes its key mechanics, such as the engine and gearbox, from the 650cc twin. A pair of 650cc Royal Enfield cruisers were recently spied on and it looks like the bike is ready for launch. In terms of positioning, the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 cruiser will likely sit at the very top of the lineup, priced higher than both the Interceptor and Continental GT 650.

Royal Enfield 650cc Super Meteor cruiser spied again: Looks ready for launch

The reasons for this include the inverted front forks, alloy wheels, firmer tires, the tripper navigation console and a few other additions. At the heart of the matter is the smooth and reliable 647cc, four-stroke parallel twin engine with a 270-degree firing angle. The engine makes 47 hp-52 Nm on the Interceptor and Continental GT, and similar power outputs are also expected on the Super Meteor 650.

The gearbox will be a 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch. In terms of safety equipment, two-channel ABS will be standard with hydraulic disc brakes on both wheels. Dual front disc brakes may also be offered. A low seating position and revised riding ergonomics thanks to the stepped foot pegs are other significant changes to the new motorcycle. The new motorcycle will likely be priced at less than Rs. 4 million. Competition for Royal Enfield’s 650cc cruiser will come from the Kawasaki Vulcan 650 and the Benelli 502C cruisers, among others.

Royal Enfield 650cc Super Meteor cruiser spied again: Looks ready for launch
A speculative rendering of the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 cruiser motorcycle

Royal Enfield deliberately plays in the mid-market motorcycle market and is in no rush to get out of the 300-800cc segment. When I think about it, this makes perfect sense. Royal Enfield’s primary market is India, and the roads here are best suited for motorcycles in the 300-800cc class. Anything more than this for leisure motorcycles may be overkill for the kind of road infrastructure India has.

In addition, by operating in this segment, Royal Enfield enables it to price its motorcycles quite affordably, making them accessible to a wide range of buyers in India. In addition to selling bicycles in India, Royal Enfield also has an important export market spread all over the world. Even in export markets, Royal Enfield is known for its low-cost offerings, a proposition the motorcycle giant wouldn’t want to change anytime soon.

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